Resilient communities in a changing climate?

Aaron Wilson, atmospheric scientist with CFAES’s OSU Extension outreach arm and Ohio State’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, and Jiyoung Lee, associate professor with CFAES’s Department of Food Science and Technology and Ohio State’s College of Public Health, will be among the dozen-plus speakers at Building Resilient Communities in a Changing Climate, a daylong educational forum on May 18 on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Admission is free and open to the public, includes lunch, but you have to register by May 14.

Get details and a link to register. (Photo: iStock.)

Gonna make these gardens grow

CFAES’s two arboretums … arboreta … major plant collections are holding spring plant sales this weekend. Both sales usually draw hundreds of eager gardeners. Proceeds benefit the arboretums’ plantings and programs. Located in Columbus and Wooster, the tree- and flower-filled facilities are open to, are welcoming to and are happily used by the public.

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Cool rides

Seen just now at the green car cruise-in at the Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair at CFAES Wooster: a red Chevy Bolt (electric, 238-mile range), a red Chevy Volt (extended range electric), a sharp white futuristic first-generation Nissan Leaf (electric), a cool space-pod-looking Mitsubishi i-MiEV (electric; range, about 60 miles), a red Ford C-MAX (gas-electric hybrid), CFAES scientist Fred Michel’s green Ford Escape hybrid with custom after-market roof-mounted solar panel, and a sleek dark-blue Tesla Model S 100D (electric, 351-mile range).

The fair and cruise-in go until 4 p.m. today. At 1 p.m., the parking lot, next to CFAES Wooster’s Fisher Auditorium, was filling fast but still had plenty of spaces. The food trucks smelled fantastic.

Green cars will cruise in on Thursday

CFAES Wooster’s Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair on Thursday will have, among other things, a green car cruise-in. You can check out a range of alternative-fuel cars and trucks — biogas, biodiesel, ethanol, electricity and hybrid systems — and talk to their owners, too. Among them should be a Tesla. (Photo: iStock.)